48 pages, colour illustrations
In this appealing addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what parrots are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Illustrator John Sill introduces readers to a variety of parrots, from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa. An afterword provides details on the parrots featured and inspires readers to learn more.
"[...] there’s really only so much that I can say about a children’s book, so I thought I’d give a true expert – my five-year-old daughter – a chance to check out the book. As I read it to her, she definitely gravitated toward the images. She especially loved the Galahs (they’re pink!) and the macaws, with their long tails. She was really into it for about three quarters of the book, and then her interest flagged. But that’s not unusual, and she did say that she liked it. About Parrots has a recommended age range of 3-7. I’d probably add one or two years to that, especially the upper end. Younger kids will like looking at it and will pick up on some things, but I think children in the upper range and a little beyond will get more out of it, especially when they’re old enough to read and comprehend the additional information contained in the afterword.[...]"
- Grant McCreary (09-10-2014), read the full review at The Birder's Library
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